SET / A "SET MINISTRY"

 

1. Is it in the Bible?

Yes. (the wrod "set" is used over 1,000 times in the Bible, but this buzzword is only speaking about this one use...)

1Co 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers......

 

 

2. What do we believe it means?

There are some Christians who have a "set" ministry. This is a ministry that has authority over others within the church.

3. What does it really mean?

It is amazing how the smallest, tiniest words are used by some people to claim authority over others within the church! But when one reads 1Corinthians 12:28 out of Bible context, and puts into into the context of the authoritarian church which is our tradition, it seems as if the Bible is saying just this.

Those who teach such stuff are completely ignoring Jesus' teachign on ministry and authority.....

42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.
43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:
44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.
(Mark 10:42-44)

25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.
26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. (Luke 22"25-26)

But lets' look at the one verse that this teaching is based on....

1Co 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers......

It really is all about the words "set some". When these words are emphasized, it seems as if God has placed, or ordained, just a few people to be ministers. The word "set" in the Greek, means to be "placed"--the real mis understanding comes from the word "some". this Greek word is as follows...

3303 men men {men}

a primary particle;; particle

AV - indeed 22, verily 14, truly 12, not tr 142, misc 3; 193

1) truly, certainly, surely, indeed

 

The English word "some" is not an accurate translation. Substitute any of the words that this defintion supplies and you will see what is correct...

"truly God has placed in the church (ministers), first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers......"

"certainly God has placed in the church (ministers), first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers......"

"surely God has placed in the church (ministers), first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers......"

"indeed God has placed in the church (ministers), first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers......"

This verse then lines up with all the rest of new testament teaching and example. "Minsitry" is a "gift given to everyone of us"--it is the functioning of believers together--and it is meant to be ordained (placed, set) by God. "Ministry" is NOT authority over others--it is the gift of serving others, and we are all meant to operate in it. Yes, there are different gifts, but they are meant to work together as God decides.

The church is meant to be a group of equals, serving God together, and doing all possible to let Him be the Head.